In a new program created by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), merchants and community members take on the responsibility of ensuring that one specific public trash can is regularly emptied.
The program is in response to the illegal dumping of trash and constant littering on commercial corridors in the neighborhood. Vishnu Mahadeo, president of Richmond Hill Economic Development Council, said he saw the need to do something.
“I've been advocating for this for over a year now,” said Mahadeo.
He said that he is optimistic, but that it will take more garbage pickups and merchant volunteers.
“The incentive is that you want to keep the neighborhood clean,” Mahadeo added.
Under the Adopt-a-Basket program, a business, organization or individual agrees to monitor a litter basket to help prevent overflowing in areas of high pedestrian traffic. The department supplies plastic bag liners.
Councilman Ruben Wills has also launched a commercial corridor clean-up program in partnership with Wildcat Service Cooperation, DSNY and local business owners.
Standing in front of Sybil's Bakery and Restaurant on Liberty Avenue, a business already participating in the Adopt-a-Basket program, Wills announced that he has helped to secure the funding to establish an additional day of trash pick up for these public garbage cans.
He also said that workers from Wildcat, a group that helps New Yorkers become economically independent, will also help keep the strip clean.
“We're looking forward to a long continued relationship in helping us hire people and getting them off of public assistance and in helping clean up neighborhoods,” said David Saturn of Wildcat.